Other teams will try to accelerate that timeline, especially while Griffin’s value is so low.
Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News:
I don’t know the substance of those talks, but this feels like the type of rumor generated by:
1. Nuggets calling Clippers about Griffin
2. Clippers saying they’re not interested
3. Nuggets leaking the fact that Griffin trade talks happened with the Clippers – technically true! – to excite their fan base and potential free agents considering whether or not to take Denver seriously
That said, the Nuggets have the assets to put together a fairly intriguing package.
Sharp-shooting combo forward Danilo Gallinari would be a great fit with the Clippers. Will Barton, Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler (though not this season) could also help. Kenneth Faried could approximate some of Griffin’s rim-running and lob-finishing skills if the Clippers want the option of using similar lineups to their current one. Joffrey Lauvergne could provide big-man depth behind DeAndre Jordan. All those players are locked up beyond this season, so the Clippers could form a new core and give it time to develop chemistry.
Denver also has three extra first-round picks (some of which could be very valuable), the right to swap first-rounders with the Knicks this year and all its own first-rounders. The win-now Clippers might not want rookies, but those picks could always be flipped for veterans. It’s about stockpiling assets, and the Clippers have already dealt one future first-rounder.
It still seems like the wrong time to trade Griffin, and I doubt the Clippers would do it. But if the Nuggets are willing to make a major offer, it’s worth actually listening.